November 14, 2011

Julien: Seguin deserving of NHL’s First Star of the Week honors

By Jesse Connolly

WILMINGTON — The Boston area isn’t the only part of the hockey world that’s taken notice of Tyler Seguin‘s sensational start to the season.

The second-year pro’s impressive hot streak earned him the nod as the NHL’s First Star of the Week, as Seguin had four goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in the Bruins last three games — two of which saw him bury the game-winning tally.

“It’s great. It’s deserving and he’s had a tremendous start to the season,” coach Claude Julien said. “Even now I see him getting better and better, which is even more encouraging. His confidence is growing. As I mentioned after the game against Buffalo, his battle level along the boards to get those pucks is so much better now. That’s all through confidence and all through experience.

“Right now he’s feeling really good about himself. He’s just starting to showcase what he’s all about.”

Through 15 games, Seguin leads the Bruins in goals (11), points (20), plus-minus (+14) and shots (48). With two goals against Buffalo on Saturday, he equaled the number of tallies he had in 74 games as a rookie and now sits just two points shy of the 22 he racked up in his first in the NHL.

Detroit’s Jimmy Howard was named the Second Star while Jonathan Toews of Chicago was named the Third Star. For his award, the Bruins will now donate $1,000 to the children’s charity of Seguin’s choosing.